It’s been tough enough going to date for the Mayo ladies team in this year’s National Football League Division One but today they bagged their second win of the campaign. They beat Westmeath in this afternoon’s Division One fixture at St Loman’s GAA club in Mullingar, on a scoreline of 3-12 to 2-12.
The ladies got the perfect start this afternoon, racing into an early 2-2 to 0-1 lead, with points from Niamh and Grace Kelly followed by a goal each by Sinead Cafferkey and Tamara O’Connor.
Westmeath pulled a goal back but a third Mayo goal, this one from Fiona Doherty, helped to give the visitors a healthy 3-9 to 1-8 lead at the break.
The home team mounted a spirited second half comeback, boosted by a second goal, but two points from sub Natasha Gaughan, as well as one from Grace Kelly proved to be enough to keep them in front to the finish. This was despite the fact that they had two players – Natasha Gaughan and Fiona Doherty – sin-binned in the closing stages.
Next up for the ladies in a home meeting with Cork. That game is the curtain-raiser at MacHale Park this day week, with a midday throw-in.
7 thoughts on “Ladies win in Westmeath”
Wj, did the ladies not beat Tipp in the first round of the league?
Thanks Mikey, you are of course correct. I’ve amended the post accordingly.
Had intended to get to this game on my way home from Tralee bur of course the venue was not given on any of the newspapers, even this morning. Maybe it was on “social media” but I’m not one for social media, Facebook, etc. Reading about the impact of social media on events in New Zealand over the weekend, I don’t intend to be either. But how to the LGFA expect to get people to attend their games if they cannot publicise venues even on Sunday mornings?
Agree with you there AndyD, the ladies football association is quite far behind the rest when it comes to that sort of arrangement or indeed the Social Media aspect.
When it comes to the pitches etc, I think that its likely a case that they are playing second fiddle so it’s hard to level any criticism towards the LGFA when that is the case. I think this years motion 18 to be more inclusive in terms of offering the LGFA representation on the Management and Central Council will help alleviate some of that.
On the Social Media side however they will need to do some improvement – I recall trying to get details of the ticket price for a League Final for the Ladies vs Cork in Parnell Park for a good while (may have been a day or 2) before the game, to no avail. Found out what the price was at the gate on the day. If I didn’t live in Dublin, it would be hard to have made travel arrangements on that basis. While Social Media has plenty of negatives, it has some positives too and they need to be used by these organisations. If they don’t, then they may continue to wonder why there is less interest in those particular games.
Well done to our women. They have been consistently challenging in all their games and I’m delighted to see they are so determined and full of self belief. For a new team with so many younger members I certainly think the future is bright for these Mayo women.
Funny I always find it hard to talk about ladies football… they’re women to me and I am mighty proud of them!
Mayo all the way!
Well said Axel ..Super effort and pride in their jerseys from this bunch of young women .. Well done !
We probably all knew this before today but it is confirmed now, Cora Stauntons Mayo career is over. 4 All Ireland Titles, 3 national league titles, 11 All Stars and numerous County and All Ireland club titles. She was one of the top sports stars in Ireland over the last 20 years. She done so much for Ladies football in Mayo.